Bertschinger explained that [in Mekele, Ethiopia in 1984] there was enough dried milk, sugar, oil, bread, and rice to feed about 500 people. Then she confessed to Buerk — and the camera — her terrible responsibility. Every few days, several dozen children would graduate from the feeding regimen Bertschinger had helped to establish, and she could replace them with new patients. She would step outside, where more than a thousand people sat waiting in the sun. When she appeared, there would be murmurs and cries, but the migrants remained seated in orderly rows. Bertschinger would examine children sitting alone or held aloft by a pleading parent. She would grasp their biceps to feel bones wrapped in leathery skin. Most importantly, she would search the children’s eyes for a spark of life. If she didn’t see that glint she passed on by — there was no point wasting food on a child who would soon be dead.
See this month's Walrus for Stars Above Africa. What follows are a few reports on the North American release of Sony's Playstation 3:
Police used pepper balls to contain a crowd waiting for the Circuit City... to open Friday morning... The crowd of 200... was waiting in line for the new Playstation 3. [WTOP Radio]
A scene straight out of Lord of the Flies started around 5 a.m. Thursday in front of the Best Buy. [Lawrence.com - thought you'd like that one, Bruce :-)]
A man goes to the hospital after slamming into a metal flagpole during a stampede at a... Wal-mart. [Joystiq.com]